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Storm Totals: May 7th-8th, 2015

By Reginald Stanley. Posted May 10, 2015, 1:52 PM.

A cold, late-season storm rolled into the region Thursday, bringing overnight rain and showers, as well as snow to the local mountains.

Following multiple troughs responsible for the cool weather early May, a Pacific storm slowly made its way down the state Thursday and Friday, with the first round of showers arriving late Thursday night. The cold nature of the storm, unusual for this late in the rainy season, brought snow levels down to between 5,000 and 5,600 feet above sea level. Most snow below 9,000 feet quickly melted the very next day.

Storm totals were more consistent than in previous storms. The majority of communities recorded totals between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch, as predicted by the National Weather Service. The highest rain total was 0.78 inches reported by Peter Michas in East Highland, followed by half of an inch in Anza - a normally dry location. Simi Valley, currently the most distant WeatherCurrents station in operation, recorded the lowest total with just 0.03 inches. WeatherCurrents station in Wildomar was experiencing problems with the rain gauge there again, and storm totals for that location are not available.

The storm padded season totals of a below-average 2014-15 winter - the fourth consecutive below average rainy season in Southern California, as of this writing. An additional chance of showers is in the forecast for late this week. Details are uncertain, and will be updated as the date draws closer.

Here are the rain totals for the WeatherCurrents network and associates:

Location Storm Season Source
East Highland 0.78"  13.24"  Peter Michas
Anza 0.50"  8.70"  WeatherCurrents
San Bernardino 0.48"  11.59"  WeatherCurrents
South Temecula 0.45"  8.17"  WeatherCurrents
Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 0.43"  12.26"  WeatherCurrents
Temecula Valley Wine Country 0.42"  10.61"  Jim Sappington
Perris 0.42"  7.00"  WeatherCurrents
Moreno Valley 0.41"  8.75"  WeatherCurrents
East San Jacinto 0.40"  11.27"  Monty Parrott
Central Murrieta 0.37"  4.82" 1 Reginald Stanley
Lake Elsinore 0.36"  6.09"  WeatherCurrents
Northwest Murrieta 0.36"  8.48"  WeatherCurrents
De Luz 0.34"  11.62"  WeatherCurrents
East Hemet 0.34"  13.29"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Presidential Park) 0.34"  6.69"  WeatherCurrents
San Diego (City Heights) 0.34"  4.93"  WeatherCurrents
Jurupa Valley 0.32"  8.62"  WeatherCurrents
Riverside (Canyon Crest) 0.32"  7.54"  WeatherCurrents
South Fallbrook 0.31"  7.88"  WeatherCurrents
French Valley 0.27"  10.00"  WeatherCurrents
Menifee (Sun City) 0.25"  5.93"  WeatherCurrents
Simi Valley 0.03"  8.86"  WeatherCurrents
Wildomar N/A2 7.03"  WeatherCurrents
  1. Season began December 5th, 2014.
  2. Wildomar rain gauge was not working properly during the storm.
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